Kayla Lucas, 28, says she was told ‘this isn’t a nursery’ when her four-year-old son disturbed diners at a pub in Brecon
A mother says she was forced to leave a pub after diners complained her autistic son was screaming too loudly.
Kayla Lucas, 28, says she was told by a barman ‘this isn’t a nursery’ after complaints about four-year-old son Frankie’s behaviour.
The young mother said her son had been playing with friends at the Markets Tavern in Brecon, mid-Wales.
Kayla has called for better autismawareness as other pub-goers failed to recognise Frankie’s condition.
Kayla said: “Frankie loves it there as he is able to run around and likes to play with the pool tables and my friend’s kids were there but he got just a bit overawed and started screaming and shouting.
“I tried my best to control him but the man behind the bar screamed down to us ‘this isn’t a nursery, it’s a pub. I’m not having this’.”
She said she had earlier been in another pub in her hometown but was forced to leave for similar reasons.
She explained: “People were giving us looks and I think people don’t understand autism and there needs to be more awareness.
“I feel like I can’t go to town because of my son’s condition and that people don’t understand when they see him screaming.
“It’s not a tantrum, this is his condition. Frankie wasn’t being violent, he was just stamping his feet and being quite loud and we did try to explain he was autistic.”
Wayne Funnell, the landlord at Markets Tavern, said: “There were boys running around making a noise.
“Two people got up and said the food was lovely but were unhappy about the noise.
“One of the women did say ‘you don’t understand he’s got learning difficulties’ and I said I’ve got customers to think of.”